Every game, we crack at least one plastic baseball. The Easton plastic baseball goes from 26 to 27 holes. The official Wiffle Ball usually gets an extended eighth hole. Either way, cracked plastic baseballs are no good.
Once a ball is cracked, it doesn’t travel nearly as far when hit, and an extra large hole or major indent in the ball can give pitchers a huge advantage. So we toss the ball out of play. But we don’t toss it completely. It goes in the garage. We have a whole bag of cracked plastic baseballs that’s overflowing, just taking up space.
We keep them for a variety of reasons. For memories. For using them as ornaments on a Christmas tree. In the event that we run out of plastic baseballs, we can use the ‘least cracked’ one. For possible recycling. And most importantly, if we ever get really famous we can sell our game-used balls to our fans and get rich.
But to be kind to the environment, we should focus on the recycling part. Are plastic baseballs recyclable? What should we do with our broken balls? Should we just throw them away?
We love the Easton training baseballs, but they’re not perfect. They eventually crack. And we don’t want them to last forever in a landfill if they can be recycled, or if there’s another alternative.
If anyone has any ideas on how to solve this problem, please leave a comment below and let us know. Thank you!